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Museum of Transport and Technology

805 Great North Road | Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
+64 9-815 5800
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The largest museum of its kind in New Zealand, MOTAT offers a fun, interactive, and educational experience. Explore our fascinating exhibitions telling stories of the history and development of New Zealand transport, technology and Kiwi ingenuity. MOTAT offers exciting School Holiday Experiences with a new theme and additional activities every school holidays. With lots of fun activities for kids to enjoy as well as the regular museum experience, MOTAT is a great choice for a fun day out over the school holidays to keep the whole family entertained. Visit the original Pumphouse, wander through our historic village or ride the heritage tram to our Aviation Display Hall which houses one of the largest aviation collections in the Southern Hemisphere. Kids are well-catered for with interactive examples, hands-on technology zone plus our Tinkering Tots gallery which is designed especially for under 5’s. MOTAT has something for everyone and is known as one of Auckland’s best value attractions. With regular events, school holiday experiences and monthly Live Days, visit our website to find out what is on at MOTAT for your next visit.
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805 Great North Road | Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
+64 9-815 5800
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Pleasantly surprised to see some new displays. Take your time and read some of the information and you'll enjoy the experience even more. Recommend going on the Live Day, which is the Third Sunday each month.

Thank Norm H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

MOTAT is spread over two sections, linked by a free tram service. Most of the historic aircraft are now safely preserved and displayed under cover inside large hangars. A large Short Solent flying boat from the early 1950s is particularly interesting because very few of...More

Thank Ruth5757
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i went here to go on a plane but when i arrived i found out the planes here could no longer fly . they still had wings but they were sitting down on the ground . there was also a train but it was not...More

Thank Matt B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place to go with children with a lot of activities and technologies to find out. The tramway between 2 different sites is pleasant and really cool. You can eat to the café if you have patience to wait for and if the waiter doesn't...More

Thank Angelique V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing museum. If you're an airplane buff you'll love this place. There are planes from several eras to view and read about their histories. Had a great time and spent several hours on a leisurely strole thru this museum.

Thank Fred N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasing to find Super Gold Card holders are free, which makes it a reasonably priced, interesting outing to better understand the history of Auckland and New Zealand. There is plenty to see and lots of activities for children as well as the tram ride to...More

Thank Lesley B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I hadn't been to MOTAT in years and was pleasantly surprised to see so many new interactive and fun exhibits. I would definitely recommend going on a Sunday when the print shop is going as well as the steam train, horse and carriage and double...More

Thank Jess H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty good place to visit with little kids heaps to see and interactive displays cafe was a bit overpriced with lunch costing more than admission. Loved the tram ride to the aviation museum.

Thank Kelly K
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

The half day I spent here was both enjoyable and informative. The history of transport is amazing and the restorations are something to be seen. There was plenty of signage providing information and also some staff dressed in character demonstrating engines and giving the opportunity...More

Thank 52hockeygirl
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

We went here for a bit and was very interesting if you like technology and like to see what it used to look like and things they have invented for the future. The aviation centre is pretty good but only really one downside is they...More

Thank Anke-katrina H
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Shona B
Hi, could you recommend a nearby motel to stay for planning a trip to motat.
30 May 2017|
Response from BrianInAuckland | Reviewed this property |
How close to MOTAT do you want to be? I don't know any motels individually, but there are dozens of them all over. Your best bet would probably be around the city fringe, I would expect. Look in Grey Lynn and Ponsonby... More
Shona B
Hi, could you recommend a nearby motel to stay for planning a trip to motat.
30 May 2017|
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Response from Matt B | Reviewed this property |
my advice would to not bother finding a motel specifically near motat, rather look into the best motels in central auckland . it's not very far from the central city
hi i would just like to ask you a its my husbands 60th bithday on friday 9th june and was wondering if you do anything special thankyou he loves cars old planes
19 March 2017|
Response from MOTAT_Marketing_Team | Property representative |
Hi, the Museum is open on 9 June however we do not offer special experiences for birthdays. We have a very large collection of old aircraft at our MOTAT 2 site on Meola Rd, and you can find out more about what is on at the... More